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For years, churches using WorshipPlanning.com had to create a separate song in their library to accommodate various arrangements. With the release this morning of version 5.6 (a free and automatic update for all users), handing song arrangements has become much easier and organized. Plus, we gave the Song Details and Song Edit pages a nice facelift.
First, let’s take a look at the new Edit Song window. The fields above the row of tabs are song data that apply to any
and all arrangements (including the “default arrangement), which every song as. Just click in these fields to edit them. We also added a couple new fields like “Artist” and “Meter”. Now notice the new green “arrangements” tab on the left. When clicked, it will expand from the left edge to allow you to add, delete, rename, and select arrangements. As you select different arrangements, the information below the tabs changes to show you info specific for that arrangement. By the way, when you create a new arrangement, it starts with all the data from the “Default Arrangement”.
When adding songs to your worship flow, the arrangement selection comes after you’ve add the song. Once the song is added, if you need to select an arrangement other than the default, click the arrangement icon next to the name song name. This is also how you can add a new arrangement on-the-fly, if you need.
The selected arrangement name will show in the worship flow directly under the song title (including in MyWP and all printouts). If the “default arrangement” is selected, no arrangement name will show.
For those wanting to clean up separate songs that need to be moved into an arrangement “family”, we’ve added a way to merge songs on the Songs Library page. Simply click the checkboxes next to the songs you wish to merge, then go to the actions menu option and select “merge songs”. You’ll be given further instructions at that point.
We hope you enjoy this new feature and look forward to any feedback you’d like to share!
Happy 2018!!! We are excited ring in the new year with an announcement of another integration…one that could be a huge benefit to all worship musicians. Rockin With The Cross (RWTC) is an enormous collection (over 300,000) of Christian music chord charts, guitar tablature and arrangements by worship songwriters.
Once you authorize worshipplanning.com to connect with your RWTC subscription, searching and importing songs is a snap. Right on the worship flow page, you can search the RWTC library by keyword, then drag and drop the song right into your worship flow.
Most songs have lyrics and chord data, set to the key that is indicated when the song is added. Those chords can be easily changed by using the “transpose key” feature in worshipplanning.com.
Additionally, most songs have the various song part indicators, which means you can “song map” how the song is to be performed.
We hope this new integration helps with easily getting the information you need so that your musicians can be ready to lead worship! To learn more about Rockin With The Cross, head on over to their site: https://www.1christian.net/rwtc/
It’s with a joyful and thankful heart that we wish you, your ministry, and your family a very merry Christmas! We feel blessed year-round knowing that we get to serve you each week, in some small way. To God be the glory!
– the worshipplanning.com team
WorshipPlanning.com now synchronizes data with Church Community Builder, a leader in online church management software. This means you no longer have the hassle of duplicate data entry (or worse, missing or obsolete data one system). Setup is easy, the 2-way synchronization is automatic, and there is no extra charge for this functionality that “just works”.
For the first phase of integration, user data is synchronized. This includes their name, email address, phone numbers, and birth date. From within WorshipPlanning.com, you can create new users by importing one or more people from your CCB account. If the person exists in WP but not CCB, you can instruct WP to create that user as a new person in CCB. And if they exist in both systems, it’s easy to “link” them (individually or in bulk).
Once people are linked between the two systems, any changes to their info (name, email, etc.) in either system will magically be updated in the other system.
Yes! We are working on deeper integrations that will allow information related to groups and serving to update across systems, all to help reduce your administrative workload and provide you better reporting.
If you have accounts with Church Community Builder and WorshipPlanning.com, you and integrate right now (no extra charge). Just follow the integration guide. If you don’t have an account in either or both systems, use the links below to get started.
We don’t normally devote a blog post to one particular feature that some might say is a “small” enhancement. But once we saw a few churches implementing our new color dividers, we had just had to share.
The color dividers option offers a new way of organizing your worship flow. You can create as many dividers as you want, each with a name and color you specify. Your dividers will appear in the “Element Types” panel on the worship flow page where you can drag them into the flow, just like any other element. You can also add them to your worship flow template so they will be in place every time you start planning a service.
And the best part is, these dividers will appear virtually everywhere the worship flow is displayed: printouts, MyWP, publicly shared links, the mobile web app, and their information even comes through our APIs endpoints (for third party services that want to use them).
We hope you find this new feature helpful as you organize and communicate your weekly services. Feel free to comment below if you have any feedback or questions.
Happy Easter! This morning, we updated WorshipPlanning.com to version 22.214.171.124. You can find the release notes on our support site, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features in this blog post.
When you update to version 1.99993 of OnSong, you’ll have access to our latest integration. With this, you’ll be able to import worship-related files from WorshipPlanning.com right into your OnSong app, where you can then annotate, transpose, rehearse, and even perform. We’ll be promoting this integration in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, be sure you check out all that OnSong can do!
In the previous release, we added the Last Performed column to the Songs Library page. With this release, we added this same information right on the event flow page. The color coded bubbles let you see in a glance when the last time the song was performed.
Red – performed in last 2 weeks
Yellow – performed in last 2 months
Green – performed in last 6 months
Blue – performed more than 6 months ago
Hover over the black “?” icon above the filter field to get a reminder of what the colors mean. Right now, this date is across all locations. But we may had the ability to narrow the scope to just a single location.
YouTube links have been a song detail for years (and we even populate our “top songs” list with them). Today, we make it easier for worship teams to rehearse using a YouTube Playlist link. The link has been added to the same places that the MP3 and Spotify playlist links were, including Event Flow page accessible by your team when they log in.
That’s the list of main features for this release. But stay tuned for another release coming soon!
It is now even easier to create presentations slides for your worship flow details. After having become acquainted with Proclaim Church Presentation Software some months ago, worshipplanning.com reviewed and shared with our community the significance of this valuable resource. And now we are excited to announce and present worshipplanning.com’s integration with Proclaim!
From Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software, Proclaim launched its presentation software in 2012 with the concept of making worship presentations a team effort that is centralized in the cloud. Proclaim’s user base extends beyond the sanctuary computer, and its collaboration capabilities allow continuous workflow possibilities.
Those of you not familiar with Proclaim will be enthused to hear about this compelling product, and the numerous features it offers making service presentation preparation vastly easier.
With the new opportunity of worshipplanning.com and Proclaim working together, your service will effortlessly flow from START (organizing and planning) to FINISH (production and presentation), and BEYOND with seamless publishing of your service, digital message and sharable media! worshipplanning.com and Proclaim platforms will interact seamlessly by way of a one-time authorization of your worshipplanning.com credentials into Proclaim. worshipplanning.com users will be able to easily import the set list, lyrics, and even song-mapping, allowing Proclaim to turn out the appropriate lyrics to various slides, all while maintaining the theme of your presentation.
For example, let’s say you’ve created a worship flow that looks like this:
With just a couple of clicks in Proclaim, your songs would be imported directly from worshipplanning.com, in the right order, with the right song mapping, and matching the presentation theme you had already defined in Proclaim for this service. Notice how the songs lyrics are automatically split onto different slides.
To help promote the program, worshipplanning.com users will be invited to follow us on a virtual Faithlife group called, “WorshipPlanning”. If you’re not familiar with Faithlife, it’s like a Facebook for churches and much more! On the WorshipPlanning Faithlife group you will be able to read and share tips, questions, product information, and announcements from Proclaim and worshipplanning.com.
By joining our WorshipPlanning Faithlife group (which is free) you will be asked a few questions and entered into our Premier Giveaway Package* to win a free year of worshipplanning.com and a free year of Proclaim! Earn a additional chances to win by simply inviting a friend (or two, or ten!) to join the group.
worshipplanning.com users who sign up for a free trial of Proclaim can also enter to win our Ultimate Giveaway Package**, including a free year of worshipplanning.com, a free year of Proclaim, and access to Proclaim’s Pro Media library!
How do I win?
*Premier Giveaway Package includes: (1) free year of our worshipplanning.com Bronze level plan, and (1) free year of Proclaim’s Basic plan. Prize package value exceeds $380, depending on congregation size.
**Ultimate Giveaway Package includes: (1) free year of our worshipplanning.com Silver level plan, (1) free year of Proclaim’s Pro plan, and access to Proclaim’s Pro Media library. Prize package value exceeds $660, depending on congregation size.
Enter now through February for your chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random for each package giveaway. Winners will be chosen in early March. .
We’re excited to offer you another free song for the next 7 days, in partnership with WeAreWorship.com!
The song is “Night Has Passed (Morning Has Broken)” from The Brilliance’s latest album All Is Not Lost.
CLICK HERE to download the MP3 and the chord charts for FREE! – Oops, the offer has expired. But be sure to subscribe to our blog for future info on free music downloads!
2016 has been a crazy year for most of the world. But our Lord is unchanging and provides a constant source of hope and love, despite the circumstances. We know many of you work hard during this (and every) season to reflect that constant hope and love at your church and in your community. Our prayer this Christmas is that you will experience the hope and love of Jesus, not just by being a reflection of Him, but by encountering Him. And I think I speak for all parishioners around the world in saying: Thank you for being the light of Jesus!
Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.
-tom and the worshipplanning.com team